10 Sign Maintenance Considerations
Signage is a very important and significant investment for a business. The last thing you want after you’ve invested part of your budget in getting a great sign is for the sign to deteriorate in a short period time.
A well-crafted sign using the latest materials and technologies will still need some level of maintenance. After all, a broken down or a poorly maintained sign can have a negative impact on your company’s image.
Both outdoor and indoor signs of any size can be subjected to various types of damage. Consider these ten common types of damage that may affect the visual impact of your sign and take these necessary maintenance recommendations to keep your signs looking as good as new.
1. Structural Repairs
Signs that are lower to the ground can easily come to harm if they’re in heavy traffic areas. Pedestrians and drivers may inadvertently collide with them. Freestanding models may be easy to fix, but some materials may rip or break if the impact is hard enough.
Apart from the human element, inclement weather can also cause damage to your sign. If a structural part of your sign is damaged, it’s crucial you address the issue as soon as possible. Small damage to any exterior sign will increasingly get worse if left unrepaired.
Layers of dirt are inevitable with exterior signs. The wind keeps dust and dirt particles in the air, and eventually, those may come to settle in the crevices of your graphics. To ensure proper sign maintenance, it’s best to have a regular cleaning routine.
Before you hire a cleaning service or decide to D.I.Y, ask your signage technicians what is the best way to care for your sign. Many signage companies offer convenient sign maintenance services.
If your sign has any electrical components or lighting features, you may need to monitor these closely. Burned-out bulbs can make your sign appear unprofessional, confusing or hard to read.
A poorly lit sign stands little chance of bringing in sales. Schedule maintenance with a qualified signage expert to ensure your sign always looks its best.
Metal is a common material used in sign making because of its durability. Some types of metal may be susceptible to rust caused by excess moisture and oxygen. Rust isn’t just unpleasant to look at, its corrosive properties will break down the material permanently damaging your sign. Most sign creation companies know how to protect metal surfaces to prevent rust, and they can help you address any existing corrosion problems.
While this is very unfortunate, there may be occasions when your signage becomes a target of vandalism. Depending on the damage caused, you may be able to salvage your sign by refacing it and addressing exiting damage. If you’re not sure if you should repair or replace, reach out to signage experts for their guidance.
Ultraviolet rays can fade the bright and vivid colors of your sign. The good news is that you may be able to have the sign easily restored with fresh prints or coats of paint. This type of maintenance is affordable and can significantly improve the dull, faded appearance of your sign to make it look like new again.
While signs can accumulate dirt outside, interior installations will gather dust. This chalky film will make your sign look unprofessional and underutilized. Occasionally wiping down the surface preserves the vivid colors and keeps visitors impressed.
8. Wear and Tear
Normal wear and tear are standard for any type of material, but you may see more deterioration on signs that are constantly on-the-move. Vehicle graphics are exposed to more elements than stationary ones, and you may find that these tend to get dirty more frequently. Fortunately, professional sign companies can educate you on how to properly wash and maintain your vehicle graphics to keep them in great condition.
9. Outdated Information
Although most companies build timeless signs that last for a long time, you will want to make sure all your signage features current information.
If you have a rotating message, there are many signage options available that will allow you to modify aspects of your sign without having to start from scratch.
10. Sign Maintenance Upgrades
There will be times when you will inevitably need to replace your sign. Think of new signage as an opportunity to freshen up your branding or try out something different. A signage upgrade can be a valuable investment when you consider the improved clarity and promotional potential a new message can have.
If your sign is no longer looking as good as it did when it was installed, contact Signs by Tomorrow for professional sign maintenance and repair.
We have a variety of outdoor and indoor signage solutions for all applications and budgets. And if you’re looking for an upgraded look for your sign, talk to our experts or request a quote. We invite you to learn more about what Signs By Tomorrow can do for you. To get started, contact us.
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